The Bumpy Road to Being in Business

Lingonberry Mandarin Marmalade

In the three years since I started writing about jam and preserves, this is the longest I’ve gone without posting anything here — three months. I’m mostly taking a winter’s rest from preserving, though this past week I did make a batch of lingonberry mandarin marmalade using the last of our wild lingonberries [...]

Lingonberry Rosehip Conserve

As someone who can’t stop putting food in jars, I sometimes get my priorities confused. On one hand, I have a compulsion to forage. I don’t know a lot of other middle-aged, middle-class women in Marin County who scale the fences of foreclosed properties or run off into the bushes to “rescue” fruit that would otherwise go wasted. (In truth, I don’t know even one, though I would like to.) My favorite kind of canning relies on what the world outside the supermarket so generously provides. [...]

Here Today: A Love Story

This is the field below the housing development where I grew up. The only reason it isn’t covered with houses that are too big and too close together is that it floods every winter — in a big way. Ducks fly in from everywhere. One thousand frogs become ten thousand frogs and make [...]

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